Squall Blind Date 2017

Through complicated Squall compatibility tests, two lucky
students were paired to participate in the annual Blind Date

By: Andy Dolen & Joe Ramey

OVERVIEW: The day started off like any other day. The sun rose in the morning and the birds called, but what awaited was much more intriguing. It was on that day, the 29th of January 2017, that the Squall’s annual blind date took place, and it couldn’t have gone more beautifully.

The two contestants were picked up in a beautiful chariot (a Dodge truck), and they were calmly escorted to their lovely meal in an equally as lovely location. (Actually, we just picked them up, forced them to wear blindfolds and not talk to one another. We then dropped them off at a restaurant with some cash and left to feed ourselves elsewhere).

The two love birds proceeded to consume their food and converse over it. Some of the topics consisted of swimming and school, as well as swimming IN school. The two contestants were constantly surveyed throughout the date (via Instagram live stream), only adding to the weight on both of their shoulders. The impending fear of disappointing the 27 viewers watching the stream accumulated over time. With all of that racing through the female’s mind, she took matters into her own hands in an attempt to create some alone time. She discontinued the stream.

Finally, when the date came to a close, we arrived and scooped up the two pretties, taking them back to their abodes, but not before closely interrogating them about the date.

All in all, it was a beautiful gathering an amazing outcome.

 

POST DATE QUESTIONS:

Rate the date from 1-10? 

Grace: 7

Stephen: 8

Were you happy when you saw who the date was?

Grace: “Yes. I was relieved.”

Stephen: “Yes!”

Do you see a future in the relationship? (2nd date?)

Grace: “Probably just friends… He’s funny and smart.”

Stephen: “Maybe…more yes than no.”

Did the date go as expected? Bad or good?

Grace: “It went well. I had a lot of fun  getting to know him.”

Stephen: “It went well.”

For Grace: What did you like most about your date? For Stephen: Will this impact your other relationship?

Grace: “He was really nice and outgoing.”

Stephen: “The other relationship wasn’t really official, so I dont think so…?”

Holiday Horoscopes

Predicting your near future with the characteristics of your zodiac sign with a holiday twist

By: Andy Dolen

Aries: Being very self driven and thirsty for competition, you attempt to be the best present giver in the family. You will find yourself panicking over what the best present will be for each family member that you will lose sense of what Christmas is really all about.

Taurus: You have the brightest Christmas spirit of the  m all. Everything about the holidays is special for the Taurus, especially the winter weather and the seasonal songs making Christmas the best time of the year. However, Taurus’s love money, and are easily distracted from the essence of the holidays, and become caught up in the buying and receiving trend that go hand in hand with this time of year.

Gemini: Gemini are among the most thoughtful of people and this truly shows during the winter holidays. However, you can be indecisive. You over think the party planning and gifts that come with the holidays. This is also one of the busiest time of the year in school. You will become conflicted with yourself and have trouble balancing time for family and school.

Cancer: You are among the most emotional and most difficult to read. The cold of winter creates a hard sense of cabin fever and the feeling of having no escape to let go of all the problems and stresses in your life. It will be difficult to contain all this emotion, although your determination will allow you to get outdoors and let out steam by building a dope snowman or something.

Leo: Leo. Lion? Detroit Lions will win the Super Bowl. Facts.     Oh and you will have a decent couple months probably. Your energeticness and optimism will push you through the tough winter season and you will find happiness in the holidays.

Virgo: After feeling lost and without focus for a while, December will finally provide you with the necessary clarity and grounding to improve your work ethic. Unfortunately, this also means that you won’t enjoy the holidays as much as you’d like to. After finally finding this motivation, your extreme devotion to school work will cause you to lose touch with the fun and happiness of the holidays.

Libra: You are at your best in groups. December is a time where everyone comes together to celebrate, which couldn’t be better news for the Libra. You thrive in social situations and it will be the best December yet; however, opposite of the Virgo, you will lose focus with school work and motivation for other important things. Don’t get too wrapped up in the Christmas feel; you still have to go back to school soon.

Scorpio: There seems to be a never-ending emotional roller coaster in your life lately and you fall on your face every time you try to find stability. Instead of pushing certain outcomes to other people, or yourself, try to enjoy the unpredictable nature of things and surprises that come your way. Use the start of the holidays to sense the magic of the moment, ask yourself about your direction in life, and make some New Year’s resolutions you are willing to follow.

Sagittarius: You like to be alone. You dislike being constantly surrounded by people and feelings, so during the holidays, instead of spending time with family you will separate yourself as much and possible. You will actually have a lot of fun away from your relatives, although you’ll feel guilty for ditching them for the sake of your own happiness.

Capricorn: Your good managing skills have helped you get all of your Christmas shopping done on time, allowing your family to actually love you this year. Also, your hyper responsibility has caused some annoyance within your friend group, giving them the opportunity to pick on you this time rather than the other weird Sagittarius dude who is always saying weird things.

Aquarius: The sense of obligation will start to wear off and you’ll finally feel like yourself once again.The first couple of weeks in December are for the rise of energy and you will be conflicted about many issues at this time. As the end of the month approaches and the holiday rush sets in, you will feel the anger wear off and finally be able to let go and enjoy everything and everyone around you.

Pisces: This time of year is for giving back and helping others which is where you thrive. The feeling of giving makes you so happy you decide to donate a large amount of money to a charity for the homeless; however, you can sometimes be overly trusting. This causes you to be scammed by some sketchy charity you had never heard of, and now you’ll be left with no money to buy a present for you mom.

Holiday Hustle

Runners, many dressed in holiday garb, enjoyed Dexter’s annual one-mile and 5K charity runs

By: Andy Dolen

Dexter’s annual December run, the Holiday Hustle, was held Saturday, December 10 in downtown Dexter. The event offered a one-mile run and a 5K run, and included all ages, genders and even pets.

The Holiday Hustle is a charitable event with entry fees ranging from $19 to $34 depending on ages and the preferred run. There is also the option to donate more money or non-perishable food items.

The start of both races was at the center of the downtown area near the gazebo. Food stands, warming tents, and other festive scenes were set up all around Monument Park for the hundreds of runners participating in the event.

The one-mile event sent the runners through a small part of the neighborhood surrounding downtown while the 5K spanned through the Huron Farms neighborhood.

Participants came out prepared for the holiday run with creative outfits and costumes ranging from reindeer hats to full Santa Claus costumes. Dexter roared with Christmas music until around 6:00 p.m. Saturday night after the final runners crossed the finish line.

Cross country and track runner Jack Shelley is an annual participant in the event along with many high school teammates.

“It’s just a nice race overall,” he said. “And it’s good to see where my time is at before the track season arrives.”

Shelley also said nearly half of the cross country conditioning team participated in the event as well.

“There was also a lot of good competition outside of the team,” Shelley said.

19th Straight

Dreads Swim and Dive records 19th consecutive conference championship and looks ahead to the D2 state meet

By Andy Dolen

Dexter women’s swim and dive took on the entire SEC in the conference meet on November 4 and 5 at Wylie Elementary School.

Dexter went into the meet with high expectations of continuing its streak of 19 consecutive conference championships and looked to qualify even more swimmers for the state meet.

Photographer - Claire Ward Freshman Zoe Michos lunges forward in the 100 breastroke, looking to pile on more points for the Dreads. She made the state cut in the event.
Photographer – Claire Ward
Freshman Zoe Michos lunges forward in the 100 breastroke, looking to pile on more points for the Dreads. She made the state cut in the event.

Dexter started off strong with multiple top finishes, winning many events and essentially dominating the meet. The divers continued this momentum through the diving competition of the meet with regional qualifications from all the divers.

Photographer - Andy Dolen Freshman Alyssa Frost takes her mark on the block waiting for the start from the official.
Photographer – Andy Dolen
Freshman Alyssa Frost takes her mark on the block waiting for the start from the official.

After the break for diving, the swimmers maintained dominance in the pool with more first place finishes including some pool records.

Freshman Zoe Michos, junior Madeline Kaufman and senior Danielle Westman all earned state times, adding on to the accomplishments for the Dreads on the weekend.

Dexter’s final score for the meet was 471, nearly 200 points ahead of Tecumseh, the second place team.

“…I thought it was one of our best performances,” Head Coach Cory Bergen said. “All four divers qualified for regionals, and all swimmers swam well after their taper.”

Bergen also revealed the team’s expectations for the state meet: “We expect to be contending for one of the top spots [in the state]… we are well prepared, and I think we will have a good performance.”

Horoscopes

Predicting your near future with the characteristics of your zodiac sign

By: Andy Dolen & Joe Ramey
Aries: As Aries tend to be more on the adventurous side and always full of confidence, it may lead you to find yourself in self-inflicted circumstances in the near future. By the time the next Squall has arrived, you will find a time where you were so involved in your own ego that you missed the LITest DHS Christmas party of the year, costumes and everything. 
TaurusA Taurus is constantly diligent with their work. Although typically generous, they also can be among the most stubborn of people. One day in class, a fellow classmate will kindly approach you to ask to borrow last night’s homework; you, being the Taurus you are, brutally shut them down. The next day, on the rarest of occasions, you forget to do your homework. The only person in the class with who you feel comfortable asking for their homework is the same person who you left hanging the day before. Unsurprisingly, they laugh in your face.
GeminiEveryone loves a Gemini. You are progressive, outgoing, and one of the most popular kids in school.  However, you can and will negate this by the time you’re finished reading this sentence. Geminis often drive themselves into situations that are difficult to get out of. Thinking you’re somewhat invincible, your self-centeredness will cause you to get into a fender bender with an old lady who you were tailgating for driving 20 mph under the speed limit.
CancerCancers are some of the hardest workers when it involves helping others, but when it comes to themself, it’s a different story. Cancers are among the best professional procrastinators. Midterms are coming up soon, but it’s that point when they believe they’re too far way to actually start studying, so they turn their focus elsewhere. Let’s just say, one thing leads to another, and you could be in danger of failing all of your finals.
LeoLeos like to be in the limelight. Although they can be very warm hearted, your  self-centered tendencies have allowed you to dig yourself an imaginary hole that can only be explained as a taste of your own medicine. Specifically, your tendencies will cause you to miss a whole lesson because you were too busy attempting to impress the three girls behind you (with seemingly no positive reaction from them), and you fail a test because of it. Congrats.
VirgoYour critical outlook on most everything in life has caused you to be a person who is constantly in search of friends. Your ideal friends cannot be found because of your compulsive problem of being overly picky and selective. Forcefulness will cause isolation from others, but with the calmness and patience of the Virgo, people will notice your great personality and modesty. Hopefully.
LibraYour constant search for justice and a balanced life within all facets has caused you to try too hard, and in turn, you miss what’s going on around you. You have focused too much on school, and how you can attempt to balance it, and not enough time on a balanced social life.These incessant checkups of everyone else but yourself have caused you to lack self awareness and become a recluse. On the other hand, this search for balance has caused you to do well in school. You speak up about your views in an attempt to create justice between differing demographics or social groups. 
ScorpioYour constant search for information about everyone has caused you to become a bit of a stalker, causing negative connotations to formulate. You have to try and quell your drive to learn more about others, and focus more on what really matters: yourself. This drive has also affected you positively because you don’t stop until you get the correct answers, or at least the answers you want. This helps you academically.
SagittariusYour unparalleled drive to find answers about seemingly meaningless topics has caused you to wander off. Not quite a “meaningless” wander, but one with reason. Confusing, I know, but you will have to take yourself and find your path to newfound success. Whether in school or other activities, stay on your path and do not quit your search for answers.
CapricornYour “know-it-all” tendencies have led you to the believe in your own lies. You were underprepared for your science test and absolutely bombed it. My condolences. Try better next time. These “know-it-all” habits have also lead you to drive your friends away without return. On the bright side, your impeccable managing skills allowed you to produce a solid routine that propels you to academic success more often than not.
AquariusAquarians defy all logic and reason.  They’re not from our world, and on the rare occasion they do decide to visit the rest of us here, their minds are still stuck somewhere we’ve never been nor really care to go. You will find yourself daydreaming in class and absolutely freaking out when the teacher comes and taps you on the shoulder, and incidentally giving them a big shiner.
PiscesPisces are extremely selfless and always willing to help others. However, Pisces find it difficult to say no (which in high school can become a problem). Stacks and stacks of responsibilities and promises build up on your already-packed schedule, and you feel the need to accomplish every one of them or else you will feel guilty. This causes you to become extremely overwhelmed and to begin to fail some of your classes, which is normally very uncommon for you. 

Tech Takeover

DHS students and staff participate in a social experiment that transported them to the pre-smartphone era

By Caden Koenig & Joe Ramey

The era of phones becoming smarter is in the past, the era of phones being substantially smarter than you is now. All of that knowledge, just inside your pocket. Smartphone. A term that has become an everyday word, along with an everyday necessity. These devices are taking over the world, consuming your time along with your life.

The new generation, the “millennials” as they have been labeled, is now starting to assimilate into the real world. This generation was the first people to be around and use technology their whole lives. Whether it was the late 90’s and early 2000’s when camera phones were the rave, growing up with technology has caused them to be the most tech savvy in society today. The necessity to be with their technology is very serious, and most parents and older people do not understand this attachment that people have with their smartphones.

The idea of missing something if you don’t look at your phone every other minute is one of, if not the biggest problems facing teens today within the realm of technology. We were curious. So we put Dexter students and teachers alike to the test to see if they could endure a day without the thing they love most: their smartphones.

“It was actually hard; I didn’t expect it to be,” said Junior Rachel Wittenberg. “It’s not a necessity, but it’s definitely become a big part of my life.” The idea of not having her phone on her all day was a bit unnerving for the junior, and she even said she went looking for her phone a couple of times only to be let down when she remembered she agreed to partake in this social experiment and surrender her phone for a day.

Junior Michael Bergamo had something else to say pertaining to his experience, “It was a strange feeling not having it in my pocket all day,” further exemplifying the idea of your phone being a huge part of your day to day life. He continued by say- ing he actually did receive seven notifications, all of which were from his mom. Needless to say, there were some punishments because of his failure to re- spond. Our condolences to Mrs. Bergamo.

English teacher Zach Lindke also allowed the Squall to apprehend him of his life (phone) for a day. During the interview he had a couple interesting, as well as traumatizing things to say.

“I was so naked without it,” Lindke said when asked if he ever noticed himself going for his phone.

He went on to explain that he created a fake phone from construction paper and used that in place of his actual iPhone. Even going as far as putting a fake text message from his friends asking if he wanted to go get something to eat later, and attaching a rock to the back to make it seem as if the construction paper was the same weight as his phone. A close emulation.

Comical at the least, he then went on to say it was “hard to breathe without it” and sometimes he’d wake up in a panic attack when he couldn’t locate his phone.

“Coincidentally, I don’t think I had any no- tifications at the end of the day,” proving the point that you’re probably not missing as much as you think.

Lindke also went on to explain how he com- pared the lack of a smartphone to a ghost limb. Anomalies along the lines of feeling text vibra- tions that didn’t actually happen or the quiet bellowing of his ringtone when in fact no one was calling him.

Today, smartphones are used to do so much, from buying time with playing games, to taking memorable photographs that when looked back upon revive nostalgia. Last year 68 percent of the world’s population owned smartphones, and that number has only increased since.

To some, it is amazing what this new technol- ogy can do. For others, it is scary how connected we are to everything, but being this connected also has pros. The exchange of information between countries and throughout the world is pretty amazing, and to that we do have to thank technology.

Summer Album Reviews: Lil Yachty & Frank Ocean

Lil Yachty fails to impress, while Frank Ocean’s new
album leaves plenty to discuss after a four-year wait

By: Andy Dolen

Summer Songs 2 – Lil Yachty

Lil Yachty, aka Lil Boat, has been buzzing as of late, and it’s mainly due to his collaborations with many big-name rappers such as Chance The Rapper and new hit artist D.R.A.M. When rappers have a glimpse of fame, it’s seen as an opportunity to jump on it, just as Lil Yachty has done with his new mixtape “Summer Songs 2”.

The rapper’s unique tone and verses have had people excited to finally hear an album of his own; however, it was not as hot as expected. Just like Frank Ocean’s new album, Yachty only released his album exclusively to Apple Music.

“For Hot 97” and “All In” are some of the few songs in this album where you can actually listen to the whole song without it being repetitive This is most likely because these are the two songs with the most features from other artists.

Lil Boat’s best songs seem to have a limited amount of lyrics. Listening to Yachty’s kaleidoscopic verses for an entire song become annoying, but when he comes in the middle of a song with a good verse it definitely lights up the track. I’m predicting Lil Yachty remains as mostly a feature rapper with some other big name artists, but may not become his own star for a while. Rating: 2 out of 5.

Blond – Frank Ocean

The visionary artist’s highly anticipated new album was finally released this summer after years of begging and some disappointment by his fans. Four years after Ocean released his best selling album “Channel Orange”, he has decided to show another side of himself and his versatile singing voice.

After listening to Frank Ocean’s new album “Blond”, it was easy to see that Frank was striving for more of a quieter, meditative sound, and it didn’t fail to impress. “Blond” not only shows a sense of the old Frank Ocean, which the world has been waiting to hear for four years, but also shows his true artistic talent, range of vocals, and rhythms in a storytelling-type album.

After years of staying on the down low Frank still decided to keep his music exclusive and initially will only release it to Apple Music subscribers, but this most likely won’t last for long. After this much anticipation, I predict that “Blond” will be in the top three rated albums of summer 2016. Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Vaping: Blowin’ Clouds at DHS

By Lucas Bell

We are all familiar with walking into the bathroom and being greeted with the faint aroma of French vanilla, bubble gum, or even a  field of strawberries.  At first one might think the administration has decided to furnish the  restrooms with Yankee Candles to enhance the experience. Unfortunately, this is not the case. What we are dealing with is vaping.

“I vape because it is a way to get nicotine that’s definitely safer than smoking,” The Squall’s anonymous vape insider said.

The popularity of vaping has grown immensely nationwide over the last few years. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention  reported in April of 2015 that numbers of students vaping or using e-cigarettes more than doubled in a single year, rising from approximately 660,000 to 2 million students from 2013 to 2014.

At DHS, students have noticed a similar trend. “I have definitely noticed an increase of people vaping at the school, especially in the bathrooms since I was a freshman,” senior Alex Schwartz said.

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DEXSWIM Strikes Again

The Dexter Men’s Swim and Dive team captures a state title to join the Women’s team as 2015-16 champions
By Lizzy Merriman

It’s 3:42 p.m. The next three minutes will decide how Dexter leaves the pool: champions, or runner-ups. Bending down to grip the block just seconds before the gun, adrenaline pumps through the veins of everyone in the room. One false move will end you, one negative thought could destroy you.

“Take your mark… BEEP!” Suddenly shouts and whistles fill the natatorium. For some, this race completes a swimming career, for others it decides their future. The pressure under each and every athlete to win the title for the team, their coach, and themselves is unimaginable and enough to overload their already-exhausted bodies and brains.

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